Back in the day, if you wanted to try your hand at the poker table, you’d need to spend hours both researching and commuting to casino or land-based poker venue. Digitization has simplified everything nowadays. With just the click of a button, you have access to online poker, and can play the game within the comfort of your home.
However, some people who are more accustomed to playing it at live venues have a tough time making the transition to the online version. If you are hesitant to give it a try, here are some tips that can make the process easier,
1. Begins with small stakes
It is always best to start out slowly in online poker. Online poker games start at far lower stakes as compared to their live counterparts, and for good reason: the action is much faster at online tables and you play many more hands. In other words, your money could potentially vanish umpteen times as quickly. Which is why mastering the smaller stakes first and then rising up slowly is crucial.
2. Familiarize yourself with Online features
Online poker varies from the live version and has its own unique features. For example, newcomers can face the new situation of having a set amount of time to make a play, instead of having a few minutes to act in the live poker. Other differences involve different styles of poker room promotions. For instance, a live poker room would be more likely to provide some sort of “high hand” promotions whereas the online version would offer you numerous forms of deposit bonuses, welcome bonuses and even a ‘refer a friend’ bonus.
3. Play at a single table first
The biggest advantage of playing poker online is the concept of ‘multi-tabling’. Here, you can play on more than one table at a time to maximize your profit. Even if it can appear to be tempting to jump into multi-tabling head first, a more wise choice would be to first get comfortable playing at one table. Once you feel you’ve “mastered” single-table play and are making a decent profit, it’s definitely worth expanding to playing at two tables simultaneously.
4. Be Professional
When you play poker online, you are free from the shackles of sitting in a casino and facing people in person. Playing from the luxury of your home can undoubtedly free you from the intimidation you might feel in a land-based venue, but it can sometimes make you feel TOO relaxed. In fact, several people who play online do so while doing other things like making a call, checking social media and so on. The game of poker requires complete focus. Multi-tasking can effectively rob you of your winnings if your mind is not in the game.
If you treat your poker play like a pro; i.e., purging all distractions so that you can focus on the task at hand, namely playing your best game, you’ll have a far greater likelihood of finding success.
5. Prepare for long tournaments
Online poker can be gruelling at times. While Sit ‘n Go Tournaments get over quite shortly, it is the multi-table tournaments that drain the life out of you. MTTs usually feature hundreds, if not thousands of competitors. Also, you’ll only have a few minutes break in between levels, so you have really got to be prepared to sit in front of your computer screen for a very long time if you want to make it into the money, much less the final table or get a win.
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